A study by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimated the average lifespan of a refrigerator in Florida to be between 9 and 13 years. There is some variation in longevity depending on whether the appliance is frost-free, a side-by-side model or has a top- or bottom-mounted freezer. If you would like to increase the lifespan of your refrigerator, there are simple ways to do so.

Refrigeration Basics

There are several parts to a refrigerator that help it cool. The gaskets around the doors keep cool air inside and prevent hot air from entering the box. The condenser coil is the mechanism that allows refrigerant to release heat. The compressor moves refrigerant through the system. The compressor is the most expensive component and the one most likely to fail. The most common reason for a compressor to fail is from overheating. Keeping the system clean and maintained prolongs the life of the compressor.

Condenser Coil Maintenance

Condenser coils are usually located in the back of the refrigerator or underneath. Coils should have adequate space around them to allow heat to dissipate. To avoid overheating, keep at least a three-inch gap between the unit and walls. Coils should be cleaned at least twice a year. If coils are coated with dust or debris, they can’t release heat. This makes the compressor work harder and shortens the appliance’s life.

Airpliance, Appliance Repair Specialists

Airpliance, based in Winter Haven, Florida, has provided air conditioning and refrigeration services for residents of Davenport and other central Florida communities for more than 10 years. Our service technicians are certified by NATE, the industry leader in air conditioning and refrigeration certification. Our staff is trained to handle refrigerants according to Environmental Protection Agency specifications.

We provide maintenance and repair for major brands of household appliances to ensure that they operate efficiently, which helps them last longer. If your refrigerator is not performing well, we will evaluate the problem and service the unit. We provide free estimates and make sure that you understand the problem before we start work. Call 863-259-6730 to find out more about our maintenance and appliance repair services.